Latino Lawmakers: ‘The Domestic Terrorism’ in Nation’s Capitol Is ‘Trump’s Fault Alone’

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By Araceli Cruz

January 6, 2021

“Everyone that broke into the Capitol whether violent or not should be arrested and prosecuted.”

Latino lawmakers expressed outrage after Trump supporters invaded the US Capitol on Jan. 6 during the middle of the constitutional process to affirm the president-elect’s victory in the November election. 

“Make no mistake,” Rep. Joaquín Castro (D-Texas) tweeted. “The domestic terrorism at the US Capitol by armed protestors is not only Trump’s fault alone. This is the result of leaders in the Republican Party fueling conspiracy, division, and hatred for years. And it won’t be fixed until they lose their office.”

RELATED: Hundreds of Domestic Terrorists Violently Storm Capitol Building in Attempted Coup Encouraged By Trump

Angry Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday in a chaotic protest aimed at thwarting a peaceful transfer of power, forcing lawmakers to be rushed from the building, and interrupting challenges to Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. Trump issued a restrained call for peace, but did not call on his supporters to leave.

Rep. Castro also tweeted that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who was speaking in the House chambers before protestors stormed in, “should resign from the United States Senate immediately.”

Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) immediately condemned the attacks and called for every individual involved with the domestic terror attack to be arrested.

“One of the most sacred parts of the oath I took when I enlisted in the Marines was to protect the Constitution,” Gallego tweeted the morning of the attack. “I always thought that would be overseas and not the floor of Congress. In an about an hour I will fight for our Constitution, your vote and our democratic legacy.”

During the certification of the Electoral College, Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), vocally opposed the opposition the election results were facing from both inside and outside the Capitol building.

“To continue a baseless, conspiracy-fueled threat to our democracy makes no sense,” said Grijalva. “There is no viable constitutional or legal path to overturn the election that made Vice President Biden and Sen. Harris, President and Vice President.”

Rep. Norma Torres (D-Calif.) said the type of disorder happening in and around Capitol Hill by Trump supporters is the type of violence seen in third world countries.

“I immigrated from Guatemala to get away from violent attempts to dismantle democracy and the #RuleOfLaw,” Rep. Torres tweeted. “It’s extremely disturbing to see this happening in our country. But we cannot allow these insurrectionists define our democratic process.”

In a raucous, out-of-control scene, protesters fought past police and breached the building, shouting and waving Trump and American flags as they marched through the halls. One person was shot at the Capitol and has since died, according to NBC News.

While some senators were being evacuated, some House lawmakers tweeted they were sheltering in place in their offices. Demonstrators fought with Capitol Police and then forced their way into the building, not long after a huge rally near the White House, during which Trump egged them on to march to Capitol Hill.

Rep. Nanette D. Barragán (D-Calif.), who is still sheltering in place inside her office, blamed Trump. 

“Police and emergency vehicles streaming toward the Capitol, but damage is already done. Trump has incited this violence and lawlessness. He, and all those breaking laws today, must be held accountable,” Rep. Barragán tweeted

Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-Texas) also blamed Trump and said that Wednesday’s riot would not have progressed to that level of violence had the protestors been people of color. 

“If they were Black or Brown, they would have been slaughtered. The History of this nation,” Rep. Espaillat tweeted. “This is unacceptable. Donald Trump is to blame.

RELATED: She’s Had Enough. Kamala Harris Blasts Trump for Abuse of Power in Georgia Call.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


  • Araceli Cruz

    Araceli is Copper Courier's social media manager. Her past work has been published in The Guardian, Teen Vogue, Refinery29, Mic, The Cut, Zora, The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, and others.



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